Needles Lodge is quite simply the most perfect place to stay if you want luxury, a great location, outstanding food and quite possibly the best hosts we have ever experienced (and we have travelled extensively around the world)
Upon arrival we were greeted by name and offered a refreshing towel and glass of juice. It was then we saw the zebras outside. Denis and Wesley took us out to our room but we got waylaid by not just the zebras but wildebeest, warthogs and monkeys. Having wanted to go on safari since childhood, I was in my element and hadn't even got to my room yet!!
The lodge is small, having just 7 rooms but that is what we like and there is plenty of outdoor space to sit and even a small pool. Dinner is eaten outside with all guests and the owners and manager. It was superb - not just the food but sitting around like family which is how we were treated. They couldn't have done any more to make us feel welcome and relaxed.
The game drive was well organised and our guide was Dylan who works closely with the lodge. He was incredible and very knowledgeable. Passionate about the wildlife and he managed to find the Big 5 all before lunchtime!! What a star he was and again felt like one of the family.
Our evenings were spent in the BOMA ( British Officers Mess Area - thanks for educating us Denis ) round a fire chatting with fabulous wine and later on port and brandy!
I could go on for pages but the truth is...you must try it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. From the helpfulness of Wesley during our booking to the warm welcome and the most perfect stay we have to say a huge thank you. We left a piece of us there and Needles Lodge certainly has a piece of our hearts. Outstanding on every level. The rest of our 6 week trip has a lot to live up to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to five-star service at three-star rates You deserve to give back to yourself and your loved ones. You deserve to reconnect. And what better way to do so than at an affordable four-star game lodge in the African bush. Up close and personalWarthogs, giraffe, zebra, kudu, wildebeest and impala wander around Needles Lodge. As you get up close and personal with them, you will experience their lives – and the heart of the African bush. At this warm, owner-run lodge, your comfort, your experience, and your needs are our top priority. As one visitor said, "You looked after us beautifully" – see 'Reviews'. Food, wild animals on your doorstep, peace and tranquility At Needles Lodge, delicious local cuisine, African hospitality, and tranquility complement country-style luxury, resulting in the experience of a lifetime. Your time in the African bush, at Needles Lodge, will revitalise you and your loved ones.Your memories – the animals, the people, the sounds, tastes and scents of the African bush – will live with you for the rest of your life. A bouquet of optionsIf you're looking for a peaceful retreat, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; enjoy the hospitality, relax, and soak up the sun at the pool. Or let Needles Lodge be your launching pad to the following day trips – see 'To Do':Kruger National Park (safari in one of the largest and oldest game reserves in the world) Mpumalanga province (landscape, culture, nature, wildlife) Mozambique (craft markets, architecture, history, African/Portuguese cuisine)Swaziland (tribal dancing, bushman paintings, crafts, culture, nature, wildlife)Needles Lodge is located in Marloth Park, a private nature sanctuary in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Marloth Park is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, and is neighboured by Mozambique and Swaziland. Opportunities for close-up animal interaction.With Kruger Park in the 'back garden', Needles Lodge is the perfect launch-pad for your safari trip. Stay a few days, enjoy the hospitality, take a day-trip to discover the diverse attractions in the province of Mpumalanga or, if you're looking for a peaceful retreat, simply relax by the pool and escape the hustle and bustle of every-day life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Needles Lodge South Africa/Marloth Park